Everblue 2 - PS2

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Viewed: 3D Combination Genre:
Adventure: Role Playing
Media: CD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Arika Soft. Co.: Arika
Publishers: Capcom (JP/GB)
Released: 2003 (JP)
7 Mar 2003 (GB)
Ratings: 3+
Accessories: Memory Card
Features: Vibration Function Compatible, Analogue Control Compatible: analogue sticks only


It seems that digital escapism is the inspiration behind this latest release from Capcom. Featuring a faithful recreation of a diver's dreamland, with rich coral reefs, highly detailed tropical sea life and a plethora of different species of fish, Everblue 2 offers you the chance to escape to tranquility and leave your worldly worries behind. If only life was so simple.

The story behind it all involves a guy called Leo and his friend Zucco, who travel to the Caribbean in search of new and exciting adventures. These adventures consist primarily of underwater exploration and focus on the search for a sacred monument. Taking control of Leo, you must scour the coral reef, play with dolphins, evade great white sharks and explore sunken pirate ships, whilst avoiding booby traps that have lain untouched for hundreds of years.

As well as all the scuba diving, there are also a number of things to do on dry land, which lend a few RPG elements to the proceedings. When you're not in the water, you can interact with the Caribbean's inhabitants, trading bounty, and discovering the myths to the location of hidden treasures. These interactions, in turn, can open up further sub-scenarios and extra missions.

A further element to the goings on is the game's Building feature, which allows you to build various things when on land, including a house, a ship, a sound studio, and an aquarium. In this aquarium lies your Fish Chart, which is home to all the different species that you manage to photograph whilst out on your sub-aquatic adventures.

It's always refreshing when a title such as this comes along and offers gamers something a little different, especially as the games industry is being increasingly blamed for violence in society. Forget fragging, sniping and car theft. Why not just go for a nice relaxing swim?